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The Art of Shooting with the Rifle

Contemporary articles, historical perspectives, and advice for the rifleman.

  • Hints for Long Range Riflemen - Horatio Ross letter of 11 April 1864 giving hints "intended more for young men who have not as yet taken part in public competitions than for our old and experienced riflemen."
  • Wind - from 'First Hints On Rifle Shooting' by A.P. Humphry (William Clowes and Sons, London, 1876). Alfred Paget Humphry (1850-1916) was the Queen's Prize Gold Medal winner in 1871 and represented Great Britain in the GB Rifle Volunteers vs US National Guard competitions of 1882 & 1883.
  • The Back Position - An overview of the back (or supine) position illustrated with 19th century images and photographs of modern riflemen.
  • Managing the Enfield - A short treatise for shooting the Enfield rifle today, covering the rifle, equipment, ammunition, shooting, sighting, cleaning and bedding.

Hints for Long Range Riflemen

The Captain of the Scottish Team for many years was veteran rifleman Horatio Ross. His letters encouraging Scotsmen desirous of "becoming a first-class shot" were published in the press. That of 11 April 1864 gave hints "intended more for young men who have not as yet taken part in public competitions than for our old and experienced riflemen." This advice is still relevant today and worthy of study by the long range rifleman.

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First Hints On Rifle Shooting: Wind

It is well to begin at once to contract the habit of noticing the direction and strength of the wind, and the indications of them afforded by flags, the smoke from rifles, the rustling of leaves, and other signs. The firer should be on the alert as to these the whole time he is on the range, and experience will teach more about the effect of wind upon the bullet, and the way to judge it, than all the books that could be written. 

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